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She always gets a part
Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training.
I'm glad I'm married because I'm never dating again.
Prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike is known to stir up controversy with his film's graphic content, and this is perhaps his most disturbing. Yet, at the same time, it is tame and slow-paced compared to something like Ichi the Killer (2001). But it quickly descends into gruesome, grotesque madness; the final act will exhaust even the strongest stomachs. Although, what some might mistake for tasteless, torture-porn violence is nothing of the sort. Miike's patient plotting and tender treatment of his tortured characters hints at the ultimate terrors in store for us.
A middle-aged widower, Aoyama, decides to conduct an audition to find his ideal women. He is immediately smitten by Asami Yamazaki, she is quiet and mysterious. Aoyama's friend, Yoshikawa,…
From one of world cinema's most prolific & highly controversial directors, Audition is a brutal, harrowing & gut-wrenching psychological horror that's definitely not for the easily distressed & is disturbing enough to make even hardcore horror fans cringe. It tells the story of a widower who with the help of his friend keeps an audition to find his new wife on the pretence of a movie production but the one girl who attracted him most turns out to be not really what she seemed.
If you've seen the works of Takashi Miike, then you're well aware of what you're getting into. If you haven't, then enter at your own risk. For me, Audition has to be one of Miike's finest works of his…
The atmosphere is so sterile and antiseptic that it starts to feel like you've been drugged with an alien tranquilizer. And then shit hits the fan, and the disease rushes in.
I've said it before and I'll say it again; AUDITION is the most romantic movie ever made. When you put someone on a pedestal, they have no choice but to keep a tortured slave in a burlap sack and feed him human vomit.
Unrelenting, that's what this film is.
If you really want to know what this film can do to you, read as little about it as you can. That's what happened to me and I have to confess, this film haunted me for quite some time.
That all had to do with the typical slow, meticulous build up you often see in Asian films. This pace provides a perfect platform for Takashi Miike to showcase his sadism and his understanding what true horror is all about. He sinks his hooks into you, the viewer, by making you care for a very sympathetic leading man and then, halfway, he rips those hooks out with force and uncompromising terror.
True horror, that's what this film is.
Takashi Miike's infamous film is a deeply disturbing and weirdly affecting study of relationship, death and gender anxiety. It may have its fair share of missteps (i.e. succumbing completely to torture porn fetish in the film's penultimate scenes), but it's an otherwise ponderous and very well-crafted trip.
Takashi Miike's (Ichi the Killer, 13 Assassins etc) weird thriller/horror from 15 years ago about a lonely father who gets invited to audition women for a role with the intention of picking one up. He does. She's a bit odd.
Not a lot really happens in it for about 80 minutes, then shit starts to go really demented. I don't think I've ever been so traumatised before by sound effects. Ichi The Killer is probably the worst film I've ever seen (in terms of being downright horrendous) and I suppose from that perspective, Audition was rather tame for a Miike film. Right up until the last 30 minutes, that is. Then... Jesus Christ. I felt sick watching it.
After the death of his wife, producer Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) has thrown himself into developing his career and raising his son, Shigehiko (Tetsu Sawaki). When his son suggests that he remarry, Aoyama decides that it may finally be time to end his loneliness. A friend (Jun Kunimura) suggests that they arrange a fake audition so that he can meet prospective fiancées. He is captivated by Asami Yamazaki (Eihi Shiina), whose philosophical thoughts on living with loss mirror Aoyama's own feelings after the death of his wife (Miyuki Matsuda). He pursues a relationship with her with results that will shock all but the most desensitized viewer.
This is a powerful meditation on how loneliness and abuse can warp a human…
it is no secret that i’m not a fan of the director, nevertheless i always find them very exciting and interesting even when something does not quite work.
in this case, it is a very good idea, well thought, but the setting takes too long and the climax, the end is rushed leaving you to want more.
the directing is clinical [which is kind of the point], everything is too well made, too easy, too slow, too perfect; even the violence at the end is boring and feels painless.
the director mise-en-scene might be the very best feat in the movie, he creates a cold, hard environment that traps you and alienates you at the same time.
a good idea that never knew how to be executed but nevertheless delivered some good scenes.
Too much, way too much for me.
Aijuesupinchimadre! Soñé pesadillas! Veo terror todas las semanas, y nunca sueño pesadillas!
Struggling with a rating for this — one of those "Hm, this is actually a perfect movie now that I'm thinking about it..." vs. "I would be just fine never seeing that again, thank you very much." Which is all to say: This movie just works. It may be the least ambiguous hallucinatory avant-garde horror film ever made. Down With The Patriarchy: You don't need to tell me twice.
"Only pain & suffering will make you realize who you are.." - Asami
if you're going to take anything from watching the film Audition, it should be that just because Eihi Shiina [who played Asami] is a beautiful actress, does not mean you hold a fucking sketchy Audition[see what I did there?] then choose to love her..and only her. This movie makes me glad to know I'm engaged, cause the dating world officially scares me!
PROTIP: [also SPOILER:] when Asami vomits in the dog bowl, that's Eihi Shiina's actual vomit.. [she's a method actress according to Takashi Miike; the director]
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